Innovation at the SAMRC

The SAMRC’s innovation divisions drive the organisation’s primary purpose – to promote better health for all South Africans and improve their overall quality of life.

With a focus on introducing new knowledge, techniques and products to improve health policies and practices to prevent and treat disease, the innovation divisions include research and development projects, funding programmes, partnerships and intellectual property (IP) units.

Aspalathus linearis, commonly known as rooibos, is well known for its various health properties, some of which include anti-oxidant and stress-lowering activities. Rooibos is also rich in polyphenols and is the only plant known to contain the phenolic antioxidant, aspalathin.

“The SAMRC continues to commit itself to research and development that will ultimately advance the health of South Africa. Umbiflow is one such  innovation that will save babies’ lives” – Glenda Gray, SAMRC President and CEO.

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